Travellers have been warned of potential protests in Bali following PM Scott Morrison’s announcement that Australia would recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and ahead of a decision over whether to move Australia’s embassy to the city.
Issued by the Foreign Affairs Department (DFAT), the warning urges travellers to be mindful of recent demonstrations at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta and the Consulate-General in Surabaya, the West Australian reported.
However, DFAT has not upgraded its official travel advice to Indonesia.
“Protests may continue at the embassy in Jakarta or at any of Australia’s consulates-general in Surabaya, Bali and Makassar,” the alert said.
“We haven’t changed our level of advice — exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia overall, including Bali.”
The decision to reconsider the location of Australia’s embassy in Israel sparked criticism from Australia’s Muslim majority neighbours, especially Indonesia, who is the biggest supporter of the Palestinian Authority outside of the Middle East.
But the Government has shrugged off concerns that its stance on Israel could affect trade negotiations with Indonesia, or other countries in the region.
According to media reports, the smart money is on a delay in shifting the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which should temper any possible backlash against Australia.
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